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February 4, 2020

Monthly Bite #1 - February 2020

Your Monthly BiteIssue # 1A Brief Introduction… Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician traditionally known as the Father of Medicine said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Fellow athletes, coaches, and staff of Pittsburgh FIT— allow me the pleasure of two things: 1) Getting an “AMEN!” to that above statement, and 2) Introducing myself! My name is Dana Kennedy, RDN LDN (Registered Dietitian/Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist), and I am thrilled to be presenting you with monthly nutrition news, nuggets (no pun intended!) and know-how to feed (pun intended 😊) your curious minds. I am so excited about this opportunity for so many reasons- mainly, I LOVE to write about food, nutrition and everything that surrounds food and nutrition, which is…basically everything! Food is the epicenter of life— the fuel that keeps us waking up every morning, working hard at our jobs every-day and energizing us through these tough workouts we do at the gym. In its simplest form food is a basic need and any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb in order to maintain life and growth (thanks Google.).But food is more than that isn’t it? To humans, food is: Fun, family, friends, tradition, comfort, stress-relieving, special, adventurous, pleasurable, joy, medicinal, warmth, aromatic, experimental, mouth-watering, relaxing, delicious, exciting and let us not forget SOOO good! From taste, texture and temperature preferences to outlandish diversions (think: “I could never eat ONE. MORE. PEA since I was forced to clean them off my plate when I was younger!”), food is altogether personal. At least it was/is for me…I was not always the healthy CrossFitter I am today. In fact, I was quite the opposite. Reaching 120 lbs. by 9 years old I was encouraged by my family and pediatrician to make some changes to prevent further health problems complicated by overweight and obesity. It did not help that I had two younger brothers who could eat anything they wanted, as much as they wanted and not gain an ounce! It also did not help that heart disease, diabetes and cancer already ran in my family. But it did help that at such a young age with the support and motivation from my family and friends, I was able to learn and appreciate the importance of well-balanced nutrition, fitness and disease prevention. It was then that I began my journey to let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. By the time I reached the 6th grade I was 16 pounds lighter. Thanks to joining my school’s recreational basketball and track teams, ditching the nightly BIG bowl of ice cream and incorporating a variety of home exercise programs (Think: Tae Bo and Thighs of Steel!), I achieved success and my passion to help others do the same was ignited. Since I became an RD in May of 2008 and started incorporating Cross-fit in September of 2012, my desire to help others achieve their health, nutrition and fitness goals has only intensified. My message is simple: Eat real food and all food fits. I still love my ice cream, I just love a little less of it. Just like there is no magic food or cure, there is no “bad food” that will completely crumble all your hard work and efforts to be the healthiest YOU that you can be. I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit about me and why I love doing what I do! I would love to learn more about you, what fuels you throughout the day, and what kind of health and nutrition information you are interested in reading about. Expect these articles to be evidence-based, storytelling, a little personal and a lot relevant. I wish you a continuously happy and healthy 2020!

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